Orchid Plant Information
image by The 74th plate from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur of 1904, showing various types of orchids
The family Orchidaceae is on of the largest family of plants with over 25,000 described species, 300,000 hybrids and cultivars with new species being discovered each year. Orchids make up 8 percent of all flowering plants.
Common orchids found in local garden centers include members of the genera Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Cattleya alliance, Paphiopedilum, Oncidium and Dendrobium.
About this Author
Brian Albert has been in the publishing industry since 1999. He is an expert in horticulture, with a focus on aquatics and tropical plants like orchids. He has successfully run an aquatic plant business for over five years. Albert's writing experience includes the Greater Portland Aquarium Society newsletter and politics coverage for a variety of online journals.